Posts Tagged ‘Avionics’

  • Agile compatible with safety-critical development?

    on Jun 15, 09 • by Brendan Harrison • with 1 Comment

    Agile Documentation

    Interesting paper and presentation (pdf) from Emmanuel Chenu at Thales Avionics that describes how they’re using several Agile concepts as part of their safety-critical avionics software projects. With the exception of pair programming, my read is that much of this is mapping activities that have been done in a safety-critical environment (e.g. test driven development) to several Agile principles, rather than the introduction of concepts that are foreign to safety-critical development. The other one that probably hasn’t been done in most safety-critical shops is continuous integration, but I’d argue that CI (or at least a

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  • Avionics Software Development and DO-178B

    on Mar 18, 09 • by Brendan Harrison • with 2 Comments

    Today, I had a chance to connect with Connie Beane, the Director of Certification and Safety Critical Software for ENEA Embedded Technology, Inc. Connie has a deep background in safety-critical avionics systems development as a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Engineering Representative (DER) with authority for design assurance level A systems, software and complex electronic hardware. Her additional experience includes 12 years with the FAA in the Transport Airplane Directorate as a Project Officer, Federal representative and Secretary of the RTCA committee SC-180, which produced DO-254, as well as 8 years at Boeing as a Lead

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